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ETSU to host Native American Festival this weekend

From Staff Reports

East Tennessee State University will host its annual Native American Festival on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24, at the Amphitheatre.

This two-day festival celebrates Native American Heritage through art, music and historical legends with an emphasis on the Cherokee culture.

This year’s event will include a hoop dancer, flute music, storytelling, arrowhead-making and various forms of dance, including Women’s Jingle Dress, Fancy Shawl, Buckskin, Northern Traditional and Southern Straight dances.  Several dances will be performed by the AniKituhwa Warriors, designated cultural ambassadors by the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  Such skills as stick ball, fire by friction, and shell-, stone- and wood-carving will also be demonstrated.

Festivities will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 23 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 24. Saturday’s events will be followed by a 6 p.m. stick ball game.

In conjunction with the Native American Festival, Slocumb Galleries is hosting an art exhibit titled “Decolonial Identity” by Cherokee artist Jeff Marley through Oct. 7. A reception will be held Sept. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring a 6 p.m. talk and performance by Marley, at Slocumb Galleries, located in Ball Hall.

For more information, contact Nate Tadesse at 423-439-6633 or [email protected] For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 439-8346.